Benjamin Boakye is Executive Director for Africa Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP)

ACEP’s attention has been drawn to media publications of a response from Ghana National Gas Company (GNGC) on the Centre’s “Analysis of the Proposal to Make Ghana National Gas Company (GNGC) The National Gas Aggregator” published on May 21, 2020.

This response has neither been received officially nor published on the website of GNGC to give it any certified authenticity. However, based on the credibility of the media houses that carried the publication and the fact that it was widely circulated, it is appropriate the Centre responds to the issues raised by GNGC.

It is important to state that ACEP’s analysis did not target the operational efficiency, which the Centre has a lot to say about, or the capacity of GNGC to deliver on its functions as is or hopes to be. The analysis was meant to highlight the challenges with the policy directive from the Presidency which GNGC happen to be the proponent of and the beneficiary of the policy change.

In essence, the analysis was meant for the policymakers, and not an advocate of the policy. Therefore, if GNGC has a response, it should be directed at the policymakers. We look forward to a response from policymakers on the analysis of the issue and not from GNGC. Nonetheless, for academic purposes, ACEP would like to make comments on the response from GNGC.

GNGC’s response shows that perhaps ACEP was consumed by charity in stating the facts as to why GNGC could not or should not be the gas aggregator in the interest of Ghana. Most of these facts in ACEP’s analysis were avoided in GNGC’s response.